Budget Meal Recipes: 2 Fantastic, Low-Cost Dishes

Love to cook but do not have the cash? Looking for a few easy recipes you can make now without breaking the bank? Here are 2 of the best budget meal recipes!

1. Chinese Roasted Pork

Great Chinese restaurants usually serve a fantastic slow-cooked pork dish, but they also tend to be way too expensive for a tight budget. To make this budget meal recipe yourself, buy a 5-6 pound hunk of pork shoulder or butt – these cuts are extremely economic and altogether delicious when cooked slow and low with the right seasonings.

To begin the cooking process, place the pork fat or skin-side down into a cold cast-iron or other sturdy pan. Turn the heat up to medium, and allow some of the fat to render out. After about ten minutes, remove the pork from the skillet and place it into a slow cooker along with the now-liquid fat that came off it.

Now, you simply need to make a great sauce for this budget meal recipe. Combine 1 cup of soy sauce with 2 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 teaspoons Chinese five-spice, 2 tablespoons dried ginger, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, and 1-2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper. Pour this sauce over the meat in the crock pot, fill it near the rest of the way with water, and cook the roast on low for 8-10 hours.

2. Bacon-Blue Cheese Burgers

Want a restaurant-quality burger without the restaurant price? Try this budget meal recipe for for size, and send your taste buds on an unforgettable trip!

Start by cutting your bacon into bits and browning them in pan. While the bacon is cooking, assemble 2 pounds of 80% lean ground beef and add 2 tablespoons each of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Once the bacon bits are done, add them to the pile along with about 6 oz. of blue cheese.

Now simply mix all of these ingredients together by hand and form 6 patties. Cook them on your grill until they reach the desired doneness. If you do not have a grill, or if it's too cold outside to use one, you can make burgers with a nice golden-brown crust on your cast-iron skillet or griddle pan.